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Literary Events Calendar: February 2021

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Moving into the second month of these unprecedented times in 2021, here are some events happening across Manchester to keep you busy! Some of these events may not be literary in nature, but they still have the ability to jump-start your creativity, mindfulness, and puzzle-solving skills, all of which are beneficial to writers and readers alike. Here are our top picks for a fun packed February.

Mindfulness Sessions

2nd February, 11:00-11:45| Free Online Entry

Join the weekly virtual mindfulness session for students at MMU run by our Counselling, Mental Health, and Wellbeing team. In these troubled times, it is good to take a breather and focus on ourselves. 


Online Talks: Cranford’s Illustrators

3rd of February, 7:00-8:00pm | Tickets £ 4

Find out the stories behind the iconic Cranford Illustrations that popularised the novels of Elizabeth Gaskel’s novels with former Portico Library Librarian, Emma Marigliano. Tickets available at £4 for all ages 13+.


Word Central’s Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word

4th of February, 7:30-9:00pm | Free Online Entry

 Join Word Central’s Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word Hosted by Tony Curry with special guest poet Elizabeth McGeown. The event will be organised by Flapjack Press & Manchester Libraries with a live stream on Facebook. The event is free to attend.


LGBTQ History Month Netflix Parties

4th of February, 8:00-10:00pm| Free Online Entry

Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month with our LGBT History Month Netflix Parties in partnership with the Union. Our first party will feature A Secret Love directed by Chris Bolan, a documentary depicting two women Pat Henschel and pro baseball player Terry Donahue who fell in love in 1947 and their 65-year journey of love and overcoming prejudice. Keep a look out for other Netflix Parties on their website.


Online Book Launch: Jill Hopper in Conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink

11th of February, 6:30-7:30pm| Free Online Entry

Book your free tickets for an online book launch of the debut author Jill Hopper In Conversation With Cathy Rentzenbrink, about her book The Mahogany Pod: A memoir of endings and beginnings, organised by Saraband Books.


Online Workshop: Manchester in Translation

16-18th February, 11:00am to 4:00pm| Free Online Entry

Join Comma Press as they host a series of free online workshops “Manchester in Translation” for those with an eye for languages. Book your tickets for two panel events and three workshops that follow.


Kendal Poetry Festival

19th – 28th February|Tickets from £5

Join the Kendal Poetry Festival, on Zoom with tickets starting from £5 for an eventful 9 days that showcase workshops, talks and performances from over 50 writers.


MUGSS Presents: The Babble of Ruddigore

23rd February, 6:30-7:45pm| Free Online Entry

Join Gilbert & Sullivan Society as they perform a range of quotes, scenes, songs and text from their upcoming March production of Ruddigore. 


Online Escape Rooms

14th and 24th February| Free Online Entry

Separated during the Oklahoma land rush in the USA in 1889, find out the story of John and Emma while sharpening your steganographic skills!

Two shooters, one dead, one escaped victim. Can Justice be served? Solve the crime in groups of six or even alone, experience the panic room in the comfort of your home!


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Meera Jacob

New to Manchester, currently doing my MA in Creative Writing, Novel Route at Manchester Met.

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